spir·​it·​ed | \ ˈspir-ə-təd How to pronounce spirited (audio) \

Definition of spirited

: full of energy, animation, or courage a spirited discussion

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Other Words from spirited

spiritedly adverb
spiritedness noun

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You may see spirited used to describe a conversation, a debate, a horse, or a campaign. And it often shows up in such words as high-spirited ("bold and energetic"), mean-spirited ("spiteful"), and public-spirited ("generous to a community"), all of which reflect the original meaning of spirit, a notion much like "soul" or "personality".

Examples of spirited in a Sentence

The team put up a spirited defense. She's a very spirited young lady.
Recent Examples on the Web There was a spirited effort, a 49-42 upset of No. 17 Florida and a performance that silenced Herbstreit. Blake Toppmeyer, USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2021 The exclusive advent calendar for 2021 was designed by French artist Marylou Faure who created a spirited box to countdown towards Christmas. Julie Tong, Vogue, 16 Oct. 2021 On its homecoming day in front of a spirited crowd, the Archbishop Curley soccer team wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of a win. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, 16 Oct. 2021 In a new interview with British GQ, the pair let the world in on some of the most intimate details of their spirited relationship, including their unusual first encounter years ago at a Los Angeles party. Ej Panaligan, Billboard, 11 Oct. 2021 The best attribute of free-spirited, and at times random, people in business development is their ability to pivot. Hannah Sullivan, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 The same survey found that 61 percent of respondents were men, 30 percent women, and 8 percent as nonbinary, gender fluid, genderqueer or two-spirited. Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2021 Boston made a spirited run in the final minutes, with a lineup consisting of its regular rotation players going against Orlando’s third- and fourth stringers. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Oct. 2021 Nix’s spirited effort on Saturday was fueled by a week of uncertainty. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 3 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of spirited

1601, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spirited was in 1601

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19 Oct 2021

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“Spirited.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spirited. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spirited

: full of courage or energy : very lively or determined


spir·​it·​ed | \ ˈspir-ə-təd How to pronounce spirited (audio) \

Kids Definition of spirited

: full of courage or energy a spirited horse a spirited debate

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